HOW IT WORKS
Federal agencies and national advocacy organizations identify high-priority challenges facing the public.
Tech teams from industry and universities sign on to create data-driven, digital products in collaboration with end users, data and policy experts.
Tech teams build products during a 12 week virtual tech development sprint that includes user research, data exploration, and product development. Past products include mapping tools, apps, websites, games, AI algorithms, network visualizations, and more.
Products are launched and showcased at an in-person Demo Day press event in Washington DC.
Reach end users
After the sprint, participants work to ensure products reach end users and move the needle on national challenges. Teams have the option to apply for a financial prize to continue their work.
What participants do in each sprint varies depending on their role.
Tech teams build a product through the sprint — whether new or within an existing product or platform—that uses open data to solve one of our sprint problem statements.
Federal agencies identify challenges. Policy and federal data experts provide feedback and share insights about federal data and the policy context.
User advocates offer feedback and insights throughout the sprint. They are community leaders, local or national advocates, and people with direct lived experience in the target challenges.
Product advisors help tech teams develop products with a viable long term strategy that enables them to reach end users.